Dark Star
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by John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon.

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Published 01 January 1974
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Language English

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DARK STAR: A SCIENCE FICTION ADVENTURE

A Screenplay by John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon

OPEN ON BLACK SILENCE.

The sound of electronic music rises, hollow, metallic.

FADE IN on a long TRACKING SHOT through the universe.As the NARRATOR speaks we move through galaxies, nebulae, solar systems, moving from the infinite slowly down to a particular planetary system deep within a maze of suns.

NARRATOR

(over)

It is the mid 22nd Century.Mankind has explored the boundaries of his own solar system, and now he reaches out to the endless interstellar distances of the universe.He moves away from his own small planetary system in huge hyperdrive starships: computer-driven, self-supporting, closed-system spacecraft that travel at mind-staggering post-light velocities.Man has begun to spread among the stars.Enormous ships embark with generations of colonists searching the depths of space for new earths, now homes, new beginnings.Far in advance of these colony ships goes a new pioneer: the scouts, the pathfinders, a special breed of man who has dedicated his life to blazing the trail through the most distant, unexplored galaxies, opening up the farthest frontiers of space.These are the men of the Advance Exploration Corps.The task they face is one of unbelievable isolation and loneliness.So far from home that Earth is no longer even a point of light in the sky, they must comb the universe for those unstable planets whose existence poses a threat to the peaceful colonists that follow. They must find these rogue planets -- and destroy them.Among these commandos are the men of the scoutship Dark Star.

We are now moving toward a planet.Floating in front of the planet is the SCOUTSHIP DARK STAR.As we move toward the ship, we begin to hear VOICES, crackling with static.

DOOLITTLE

(over -- radio filter)

Ah, what'd you say, Pinback?

PINBACK

(over -- great static)

Mafhkin oble groop...

DOOLITTLE

(over -- filter)

Ah, what was that again, I still can't hear you?

PINBACK

(over -- filter)

I said I'm trying to reach Talby. Something's wrong with the damn intercom.I need a last-minute diameter approximation.

CAMERA IS NOW FLOATING TOWARD THE OBSERVATION DOME on top of the ship. In the Dome sits TALBY.He is staring around, wide-eyed, at the planets and stars.

DOOLITTLE

(over -- filter)

Talby, Talby, this is Doolittle.Do you read me?Talby?

WE MOVE IN CLOSE ON TALBY'S FACE.The shot stops and holds as he continues to stare, rapt.

DOOLITTLE

(cont'd -- over -- filter) Talby, do you read me?

There is a CRACKLE, and Doolittle's voice suddenly booms through, loud and clear:

DOOLITTLE

(cont'd)

TALBY!

TALBY

(snaps out of it)

Oh!Ah, yes, Doolittle.What is it?

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

CLOSE SHOT of a digital clock, ticking down the seconds.

DOOLITTLE

I need a diameter approximation.

TALBY

(over)

Okay, Doolittle, I'll have it in a minute.

CAMERA BEGINS TO PULL BACK along the length of the control room, revealing three men: BOILER, DOOLITTLE, and PINBACK.They are seated close together in cramped little chairs, surrounded by a maze of instrumentation, pressing buttons, making adjustments and corrections. There is one EMPTY CHAIR; the panel in front of it looks burned.

PINBACK

I need a GHF reading on the gravity correction.

DOOLITTLE

I'll check it.

BOILER

I have a reduced drive reading of seven thousand.

PINBACK

Right, that checks out here.

DOOLITTLE

Pinback...

PINBACK

Yes, Doolittle.

DOOLITTLE

Your GHF reading is minus fifteen.

PINBACK

Doolittle...

DOOLITTLE

Yes.

PINBACK

I need a computer reading on a fail- safe mark.

DOOLITTLE

In a second.

PINBACK

Boiler, can you set me up with some temp figures?

BOILER

Ninety seven million, minus eight, corrected to mass critical.

PINBACK

I read that with a quantum increase of seven.

DOOLITTLE

Pinback, I have a computer reading of nine five seven seven.

BOILER

Time to start talking.

PINBACK

Bomb bay systems operational.

Pinback hits a button on his panel.

INTERIOR - BOMB BAY

The screen is BLACK for an instant.Then, two enormous doors begin to open ponderously, revealing the planet rotating below.A huge BOMB, designated with a giant #19 on its side, lowers slowly out of the ship on a rack.

NARRATOR

(over)

This is a chain-reaction bomb, otherwise known as an Exponential Thermostellar Device.Its own destructive power is small, barely enough to vaporize twelve city blocks.However, when it explodes in contact with an object the size of a planet, it starts a chain-reaction in the very matter of that planet, turning it into a giant reactor which destroys itself in one staggering thermal flash.

These bombs are equipped with sophisticated thought and speech mechanisms, to allow them to make executive decisions in the event of a crisis situation.These judgment centers are controlled by a fail- safe mechanism.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

DOOLITTLE

Lock fail safe.

Pinback turns a key in a lock.

PINBACK

Fail-safe locked.Ah, Sergeant Pinback call1ng Bomb #19.Do you read me, bomb?

EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

The bomb is suspended beneath the ship.

BOMB #19 Bomb #19 to Sergeant Pinback, I read you.Continue.

When the bomb speaks, it has the prim, fussy voice of a minor civil servant.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

PINBACK

Well, bomb, we have about sixty seconds to drop.Just wondering if everything is all right.Have you checked your platinum euridium energy shielding?

EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

BOMB #19 Energy shielding positive function.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

PINBACK

Swell.Let's synchronize detonation time.Do you know when you're supposed to go off?

EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

BOMB #19 Detonation in six minutes, twenty seconds.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

PINBACK

All right, I have detonation time at... Wait a minute, something's wrong with the clock. (hits panel) All right, I have detonation time at... no, that can't be right, it says three years. (beats panel again) Okay, I have six minutes exactly. Does that check out down there?

EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

BOMB #19 Check at six minutes.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

PINBACK

Arm yourself, bomb.

EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

Several lights blip on along the bomb's side.

BOMB #19 Armed.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

PINBACK

Well, then, everything sounds fine. We'll drop you off in thirty-five seconds.Good luck.

EXTERIOR - BOMB BAY

BOMB #19 Thanks.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

PINBACK

Begin main sequence.Mark at 10-9-8- 7-6-5-4-3-2-1-drop.

EXTERIOR - THE SHIP

Bomb #19 falls away from the ship and whizzes down toward the planet below.

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

DOOLITTLE

Hyperdrive sequence begun.Hit it, Pinback.

Pinback hits the hyperdrive switch.Force fields energize around the men.

EXTERIOR - THE SHIP

The DARK STAR accelerates into hyperdrive and streaks away through space.

The planetary system recedes in the background.Inside the Observation Dome, Talby is frozen in a protective force field.

INSERT: CLOSE SHOT OF A TIME CLOCK.It blips down to ZERO.

RETURN TO SCENE

Behind the ship, there is an intense flare of light as the planet, now a dot of light, explodes.

INTERIOR - OBSERVATION DOME

The force field around Talby disappears as the ship comes out of hyperdrive.He rubs his eyes as though awakening, then looks down at his readout panels.

INSERT - CLOSE SHOT OF A PANEL.On a small screen we see the exploding planet, and below, a readout says:

DESTRUCTION SEQUENCE COMPLETE

RETURN TO SCENE

Talby touches his intercom.

TALBY

Lieutenant Doolittle, it just exploded. (pause) Ah, sir, the planet just exploded. (pause -- he shakes the microphone) Lieutenant?

INTERIOR - CONTROL ROOM

The men are stretching in their seats.

DOOLITTLE

Unlock fail safe.

Pinback unlocks the fail-safe unit.

PINBACK

Fail safe unlocked.

RECORDED VOICE

Attention.Attention.The hyperdrive sequence is now terminated.Please observe that the no smoking signs have growrrr...

The voice runs down.

DOOLITTLE

Well... now what?What do, you have for us now.Boiler?

BOILER

(checking his readouts)

Not much.Nothing at all in this sector.

DOOLITTLE

Find me something, I don't care where it is.

BOILER

Well, I show a 95% probability of sentient life in the Horsehead Nebula...

DOOLITTLE

Fuck that shit.

BOILER

Well, it is kind of a long shot...

DOOLITTLE

It's a goddamn wild goose chase. Remember when Commander Powell found that 99 plus probability of sentient life in the Magellanic Cloud?

BOILER

Well, there's the possibility of...

DOOLITTLE

Remember what we found?Fourteen light years for a fucking mindless vegetable that looked like a limp balloon and went squawk and let a fart when you touched it.Remember?

BOILER

All right, then...

DOOLITTLE

So don't give me any of that sentient life crap.Find me something I can blow up.

A LIGHT flares on Pinback's board.He looks up.

PINBACK

New star. (no reaction) Hey, guess what?I got a new star on the readout.

DOOLITTLE

(not looking up)

Which one?

PINBACK

Another unknown.Not on the charts. A red dwarf.

DOOLITTLE

Any planets?

PINBACK

Yeah.Eight, it says here.

DOOLITTLE

Any of 'em any good?

PINBACK

(scans the board)

Naah.All stable.

Doolittle loses interest.

PINBACK

(cont'd)

What are you gonna name it?

DOOLITTLE

(not looking up)

What?

PINBACK

The new star.What are you gonna name it?

DOOLITTLE

Who cares.Don't bother me.

Pinback's mouth tightens.A pause.

PINBACK

Commander Powell would have named it.

DOOLITTLE

Commander Powell is dead.

Involuntarily, Pinback glances at Commander Powell's empty, burned seat.The panels behind it sputter.

PINBACK

Come on, Doolittle, give it a name.

DOOLITTLE

Fred.

PINBACK

Wha?

DOOLITTLE

I hereby name this star Fred.

BOILER

Hey, Doolittle, here's one.An unstable planet.85% probability of an unstable planet in the Veil Nebula that will probably go off its orbit and hit a star.

DOOLITTLE

Sounds good.Chart a course for the Veil Nebula.

BOILER

Pinback, throw me the chart log.

Pinback draws a loose-leaf notebook from a shelf above Commander Powell's empty seat, and hurls it at Boiler.With a sour look at Pinback, Boiler picks up the notebook and begins to leaf through it.

DOOLITTLE

Let's have some music in here, Boiler.

Boiler presses a button.LOUD COUNTRY MUSIC THEME BEGINS TO PLAY.

EXTERIOR - DARK STAR (TITLE SEQUENCE)

This sequence includes shots of the DARK STAR drifting through space, past various cosmic wonders, intercut with shots of the men relaxing (Talby staring into space; Boiler trimming his beard; Doolittle playing solitaire; Pinback reading a comic book).

CREDITS AND MUSIC OVER.

SEQUENCE ENDS.

INTERIOR - DARK STAR

Beep.

We are watching a filmed tape.Doolittle has just turned it on and is staring into the camera.Crosshairs and blipping numbers superimposed.

DOOLITTLE

Ship's log, entry number 1,943. Dark Star cruising at light speed through Sector Theta 990.En route to Veil Nebula for destruction of unstable planet.Our ETA is 1700 hours. (thinks) Ship's systems continue to deteriorate...

Pinback leans into view and whispers into Doolittle's ear.Doolittle nods and Pinback withdraws.

DOOLITTLE

(cont'd)

The short circuit in the rear seat panel which killed Commander Powell continues to be faulty. (thinks) Uh... Storage Area 9...

Pinback leans back in and whispers emphatically.Doolittle looks put- upon.

DOOLITTLE

(cont'd)

And because he's sitting next to it, it continues to bother Pinback. (glares at Pinback. Then:) Storage Area 9 self-destructed last week, destroying entire ship's supply of toilet paper.That's all.

Beep.

INTERIOR - OBSERVATION DOME

Talby is still gazing around at the stars.

A hatch opens in the floor and Doolittle sticks his head up.

DOOLITTLE

Talby.

Talby rotates his seat and looks down at Doolittle.

DOOLITTLE

(cont'd)

Here's some breakfast.

Doolittle climbs into the dome and sits on the floor.He hands Talby the food package, and watches matter-of-factly as Talby begins to eat.

DOOLITTLE

(cont'd)

You know, Talby, you really ought to eat with the rest of us.You spend too much time up here.

TALBY

I like it up here.

DOOLITTLE

Must get lonely being up here so much.

TALBY

I don't like to go below since Commander Powell died.I feel enclosed down there.If it were big enough, I'd sleep up here...

DOOLITTLE

... Should spend some time below, see more of the rest of the ship...

TALBY

... You see, I can watch things up here, Doolittle.I love to watch things, just stare at the planets and meteors and asteroids, gas clusters...